From the desk of Kathryn Jacob, SafeHaven CEO
There was a murder in Granbury last week. According to investigators, Tommy George Dooley shot his wife, LaVera Aiken Dooley, at point blank range while she was on the phone with 9-1-1. They were an older couple who had only recently married. LaVera’s last breaths could reportedly be heard on the 9-1-1 call.
I know SafeHaven needs to comment on this, and it falls to me to make that comment. But, to be honest, I’m not sure what to say. Even after working in this industry for many years, I have far more questions than answers, not the least of which is: how did we get to this point, where a man puts six bullets into his wife?
There are many triggers for domestic violence and many reasons why the violence lasts for so long in a relationship. There is no one-root-cause, which is what makes this a complex issue requiring complex and comprehensive solutions. That’s why SafeHaven of Tarrant County looks the way it does, with multiple access points into programming and services and multiple solutions depending on each individual situation.
We meet clients where they are. Some need more than others, and all needs are important and valid.
If you are in a situation where you’re experiencing intimate partner abuse, or you know someone who is, whether that abuse is physical, emotional, sexual, or financial, do not hesitate. Reach out to us. We will meet you right where you are, I promise.
Call SafeHaven’s 24-Hour Hotline, 1-877-701-SAFE (7233). If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.